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GoFundMe said Friday that it would be returning more than $20 million in donations meant to help finance the "Trump Wall" between the United States and Mexico after the effort fell short of its $1 billion goal. But the campaign's organizer said donors can redirect their contributions to a nonprofit that plans to begin work on portions of its own border wall - with or without help from the government.
The viral campaign was launched last month by 37-year-old Brian Kolfage, a triple amputee who received a Purple Heart while serving in Iraq. His concept was simple: If each of the 63 million people who voted for Trump gave $80, they could reach his $5 billion mark. He felt $1 billion would be a good starting point, he added.
On Friday, however, Kolfage updated the page to say organizers had concluded that the federal government would not be able to accept the donation. Instead, he created a Florida-based nonprofit named "We Build the Wall, Inc." to take on the contributions.
"We are better equipped than our own government to use the donated funds to build an actual wall on the southern border," Kolfage wrote on the page. "Our team strongly believes that we can complete our segments of the wall for less than half of the government's estimated costs on a per-mile basis."